FTB Updates COVID-19 FAQ Page for Tax Relief and Assistance

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Sacramento — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced updates to its COVID-19 frequently asked questions page that provides details about special relief for taxpayers.

“During this public health emergency, we are doing everything possible to make California taxpayers aware of available resources,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Betty T. Yee.

Due to the widespread health and economic issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, FTB has temporarily adjusted or suspended key compliance programs and has extended various deadlines to provide relief to California taxpayers in conformity with the Internal Revenue Service. These measures are in effect through July 15, 2020.

FTB’s COVID-19 frequently asked questions page has information on various topics including:

  • Extension of time to file and pay taxes
  • Cancellation or rescheduling of electronic payments
  • Suspension on collection activities
  • Skipping installment agreement payments
  • Statute of limitations for claims, protests, appeals, and assessments
  • Free tax preparation options
  • How provisions of the Federal CARES Act apply to California

FTB’s FAQ page is updated continuously, as new information becomes available.

Taxpayers should continue to file their tax returns to get their refunds timely, including claiming the Earned Income Tax and Young Child Tax Credits. During these challenging times, FTB continues to process tax returns, issue refunds, and provide phone and live chat service to taxpayers needing assistance.

FTB administers two of California’s major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other non tax programs and delinquent debt collection functions, including delinquent vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and court–ordered debt. Annually, FTB’s tax programs collect more than 70 percent of the state’s general fund. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.